Welcome to Southern Minnesota Orthodontics

At Southern Minnesota Orthodontics, we take pride in straightening teeth and transforming smiles, one person at a time!

Our orthodontists – Dr. Timothy Swanson, Dr. Christopher Vaubel, and Dr. Mitchell Hemann – are all American Board of Orthodontics Certified and highly-skilled professionals who utilize advanced techniques and technologies. Supported by an experienced team with over 400 years of orthodontic experience, our doctors will create your most incredible smile, and ensure you enjoy the treatment journey!

We improve smiles for all ages, offering:

We invite you to learn more about our family-friendly, patient-centered practice with a complimentary consultation at the orthodontic office most convenient for you: in Mankato, New Ulm, St. Peter, Fairmont, or Waseca, MN.

Everyone at Southern Minnesota Orthodontics is excited you’re considering treatment and can’t wait to get started on your new smile; schedule your consultation, today!


This was my six-year old son’s first time here and it was such a wonderful experience. All of the staff was very friendly and you could tell they had experience working with kids. The woman who took the pictures was great and complimented my son multiple times on what a great job he was doing. Kudos to all for a job well done, my son said he’s excited for when he gets to come back next year! 

— Erin

We have been going to SMO for about four years. Three of our four children are being seen by Dr. Vaubel. He is great at what he does. He always remembers our kids and the sports they play or other activities they are in. It is an extremely friendly setting and we have NEVER had one complaint. I would totally recommend them for your orthodontic needs. 

— Krista

I want to say thank you to Dr. Swanson and all of the staff! Two of my kids had ortho appointments yesterday and they were a bit nervous with the new rules and regulations due to COVID. After the appointments, they were all smiles (straight smiles). They said the staff was super friendly and helpful! Thank you for making a trip to the ortho a “normal” experience for the kids! 

— Kristen